Bush Alaska Murder Mystery Finalist for Crime Fiction Award
Sundown on Top of the World has been selected as one of three finalists for the Whistler Independent Book Awards in the Crime Fiction category. Set in bush Alaska, it is the most recent novel in a mystery series featuring a former RCMP homicide investigator who drives an eighteen wheeler. The title is taken from the Top of the World highway that runs between Dawson City, Yukon and the town of Tok in eastern Alaska.
“I wanted to write traditional mysteries – sometimes called whodunits – with a uniquely North American setting,” says author Donald. “With a hero who’s always on the road, I can use various locations. Much of my second novel, Ice on the Grapevine, is set in and around Los Angeles. The third one, Sea to Sky, is set primarily in the mountain resort community of Whistler, B.C., which happens to be where the award winners will be announced during the Whistler Writers Festival this October. Using new locations for each book takes a lot of research, but it keeps the scenarios fresh and interesting for readers.”
The novel that launched the series is Slow Curve on the Coquihalla, named after the highway featured in Highway Thru Hell on the National Geographic channel. As one of the new breed of independent author-publishers, Donald founded Proud Horse Publishing, looks after both book publishing and promotion, and mainly targets the growing market of e-book readers, although all her books are widely available in trade paperback editions as well.
“My books have sold in Europe, South America and Australia as well as in North America and the UK. It’s very gratifying to have complete strangers thousands of miles away contact me to say they love my books and can’t wait for the next one. I may never become a household name, but my fan base grows with each new book,” says Donald.
In the fall of 2015, a German translation of Sea to Sky was released, and award-winning translator Ingrid Könemann-Yarnell is now working on the translation of Sundown on Top of the World. (Könemann-Yarnell, received the Readers Choice award from Amazon Crossing during the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair for her translation of a book by another Canadian author.)
Donald is at work on a fifth novel in the series and Proud Horse Publishing hopes to have it available for readers later this year.